On June 13th 2019 Detroit Narrative Agency (DNA) and Cinema Detroit hosted this post-screening panel examining connections between Detroit + "The Last Black Man in San Francisco," and reflecting on the ethics and aesthetics of the film. The conversation featured Sterling Toles, Juanita Anderson, John Sloan III, and was moderated by Taylor Aldridge of ARTS.BLACK (bios below)
filmed by Thalia Esparaza
sound recording by Rocky Ray
edited by Katy Dresner
Taylor Renee Aldridge is a Detroit based writer and independent curator. She is the co-founder and editor of ARTS.BLACK
Juanita Anderson is the Director of Media Arts and Studies in the Department of Communication at Wayne State University. She is a veteran producer, documentary filmmaker, still photographer and a native of Detroit, MI. She is also a core advisor of DNA. Anderson has garnered multiple regional and national awards, including 7 Emmy Awards for her work on the groundbreaking African American television series Detroit Black Journal and Say Brother; and the prestigious Peabody Award and Columbia Silver Baton for her work as executive producer on the 1988 Academy Award nominated documentary feature film Who Killed Vincent Chin?, a film by Renee Tajima and Christine Choy.
Sterling Toles is an east-side-bred, Cass-Corridor-educated Detroiter who views himself as a healer using sound. Initially a rapper in hip hop groups, Sterling transitioned into music production in 1997, and has since worked with the likes of Invincible, Boldy James and Finale. Sterling holds open space in his home studio for Detroit artists to experiment and express themselves in the rawest of forms. Sterling sees this space as a fitting room for artists to try on their truth within the elastic walls of compassion.
Born and raised in Metro-Detroit, John Sloan III studied Musical Theatre at the University of Michigan and has over a decade of experience as a professional artist. An accomplished musician and actor, Sloan has performed in numerous regional theatre productions, commercials, concert events, and on the national tour of Disney's The Lion King. He runs Ghostlight Productions- through which he produced and directed events across the country, his efforts are dedicated to the intersection of art and activism. He is the producer of the DNA supported film Take Me Home, which follows one family as they struggle against the devastating tax foreclosure crisis ripping through Detroit.
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The Last Black Man in San Francisco